Thursday, August 25, 2016

THE BEGINNING OF CALAMITIES

Matthew 24:3-14
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The Beginning of Calamities.


As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives,* the disciples approached him privately and said, “Tell us, when will this happen, and what sign will there be of your coming, and of the end of the age?”4* Jesus said to them in reply, “See that no one deceives you.5For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many.6b You will hear of wars* and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen, but it will not yet be the end.7c Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place.8* All these are the beginning of the labor pains.9* d Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name.10And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another.11Many false prophets will arise and deceive many;12and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold.13e But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.14f And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations,* and then the end will come.

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Jesus is near. And he will continue to grow ever closer to those who share a belief in Him, a love for Him, and a desire to be in heaven with Him. Not much more can be added to the scripture and the notes below.

We have been experiencing natural disasters and loss of life therefrom for some years now. Earthquakes have become more frequent and have moved all over the world, the latest in Italy near the Holy City. Tsunami have occurred causing much death and destruction. The flooding in the southern United States has brought much loss of dwelling places, pieces of memories that cannot be replaced, and loss of life. The wildfires in the west continue to move and move, and they have yet to be contained despite the extreme efforts of those brave people fighting the fires. People have stood and watched their homes and everything they had burn to the ground. The tsunami that hit Japan a few years ago was absolutely devastating. I have never witnessed anything as horrible as that. 

Terrorism and just plain crazies are shooting innocent people. There is a great divide between law enforcement and the African American inner cities in the northeastern part of the United States. There have been lone gunmen who have gone into stores, theatres and the like where they knew there would be many people and shot and killed many. Remember the devastation of the terrorism in Paris? We have "sleeper cells" of wanna-be terrorists living in America and there is no way to identify them. I'm sure our Homeland Security is doing all that they can.

We have a very contentious election year that will peak on November 8, 2016. Personally, I will be glad when it is all over. But I do fear that the crazy one might win. Great cause for concern.

There are two storms in the Atlantic that are being watched carefully to see if they turn into hurricanes. These type storms have done much damage to the southern and eastern areas of the coastline and cities near there.

Beware that Christians must be ready for Jesus to come at any time! And we much continue the fight to convert more Christians to return to their churches and to God.

I am ready; are you?

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

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